Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Third Jake?

Just heard an NPR piece about the City of Los Angeles returning water rights to the Owens Valley--only one century after the Great Water Caper. That story became part of Carey McWilliams's legacy after he heard it from Mary Austin, wrote about it in Southern California Country (1946), and then watched it go Hollywood in Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974).

It's more than a little ironic that this piece should run on December 7, especially since Manzanar, the site of a major internment camp for the Japanese during World War II, is right there in the valley.

Here's the link:

www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6590362

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